Today, Karen Miller and I headed to Long Island to try for some of the year birds I have missed and to increase her list for the state. We had a great day (though we missed some good birds) and saw some neat birds up close and personal. We birded Jones Beach, Nickerson Beach and Jamaica Bay. Each had its highlights and some aha moments. We were hoping to relocate the White-faced Ibis for Karen, but it didn’t happen. Another miss was the Wilson’s Phalarope found by Karen Fung (congrats Karen!) Still we had many birds at each location. The best bird of the day (for me) was a Roseate Tern at Nickerson Beach. The bird was banded, #S58. I will be submitting it to the Banded Bird site to see where it has come from and been. There were other highlights too. A pair of American Oystercatchers and their three chicks gave us an enjoyable experience. A dozen Least Terns at Nickerson Beach were nice too. at Jamaica Bay a nice adult Little Blue Heron was good. We really enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to get down to the island again.